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Science Fiction Thursday

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | May 22, 2014 |


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Starting off, Defiance is back for a second season on SyFy. Remember Defiance? Post-apocalyptic Saint Louis, bunch of alien races, created by Farscape’s Rockne S. O’Bannon, and featuring a proto John Crichton as the protagonist? Yeah, I forgot about it after the pilot too. And I even reviewed it and thought it wasn’t half bad. Blastr has a whole pile of season two character shots up since the new season starts in a few weeks. Here’s one for ya:

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That looks like the most awkward family holiday ever.

Speaking of SyFy shows which I watched the pilot of, gave a “eh not terrible” verdict, and then completely forgot they existed, Warehouse 13 finished its run Monday night. Honestly, I had no idea this show was still on, I assumed it got cancelled sometime around season two. Its fifth and final season was only six episodes (down from a normal 13 or 20) so that was nice the network gave them a few more hours to tie off their story. If you want to see the last season and didn’t watch them (and judging by the apocalyptically low ratings, you didn’t) it’s all up on Hulu free for the moment.

Hmm, but we’ve got Neill Blomkamp news! He’s pretty far along on his third feature film, Chappie which stars Sharlto Copley as hypersentient chapstick a robot with the mind of a child and body of an adult. No word on whether Tom Hanks will receive royalties, but here’s what Copley had to say:

I think we’re finding our stride now on this third film, sort of going back to a smaller style of filmmaking. I’m doing the lead again… I’m playing a light character… A child-like robot, which is great. He only gets to about nine years in his emotional development. I got to run around in one of the most dangerous cities in the world being a child. It was awesome.

I just caught the last half hour of District 9 a couple nights ago on the CW of all places, and still think it’s one of the top couple of science fiction movies of the last decade. And although I was in the minority, I still thought that Elysium was damned good, if not that good. A director like Blomkamp, I really see each of his films as being separate chapters in a collection of short stories rather than individual novels judged independently. So, yeah, I can’t wait for this one, though I would cut off a limb to get a sequel to District 9.

More quotes and info here.

On to actual book releases for the week. We’ve got a new one by Sarah Lotz (first time author) called The Three, about several simultaneous plane crashes distinguished by the fact that there is a single child survivor of each. Sounds like the right sort of weird, getting some decent reviews out there.

And next week? Dresden #15. First chapter is available on Jim Butcher’s website.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is a hopeless romantic and the last scion of Norse warriors and the forbidden elder gods. His novel, ramblings, and assorted fictions coalesce at www.burningviolin.com. You can email him here and order his novel here.


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